DNR investigating wolf killing in Walworth County
WALWORTH COUNTY The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said it's investigating a gray wolf killing in Walworth County, according to a story in the Superior Telegram.
Wolves have been legally killed in Adams and Monroe counties, and DNR Wolf expert Adrian Wydeven said wolves have been killed in southern Wisconsin before, but not since the state allowed wolf hunting last month.
Wardens are concerned a licensed wolf hunter didn't kill the wolf.
In an email request for information, Wydeven declined to discuss specifics, saying the investigation is ongoing. Wydeven said the wolf is a male yearling or adult, not a registered harvested wolf.
"There are no known packs in the area, so it probably dispersed from further north in Wisconsin or Michigan," Wydeven wrote. "Lone dispersing wolves from northern Wisconsin have been detected in the past as far south as Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, so these unusual movements do sometimes occur."